From local Arizona cops to top police chiefs, with expertise in community policing, law enforcement is taking a firm stand against Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, SB 1070. Over the weekend, Chief Art Acevedo of Austin, TX wrote an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman warning that Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislators who signed the law “declared open season for criminals to target immigrants” and “killed community policing in the state.” Chief Acevedo says Arizona’s own history with crime shows why the new law is dangerous.
Arizona has taken center stage in the debate about how to fix our badly broken immigration system. What people may not realize is that police associations and top cops around the country and across the state oppose the new law SB1070. In fact, the first lawsuit against SB1070 was filed last week by a 15-year veteran of the Tucson police force.
Anti-immigrant fervor could be more costly than Arizona lawmakers expected. Thanks to SB 1070, a new law that requires immigrants to carry papers at all times to prove their legal status, the state has become the focal point of the national immigration debate. The bill and the buzz surrounding it illustrates a desperate need for a federal fix to the broken immigration system.
Our new video might be outrageous, but it’s nothing compared to Arizona’s new immigration law.
Last night, Rachel Maddow exposed the network operating behind the Arizona’s new SB 1070 bill – notoriously known as legislation that promotes racial profiling.
From the neo-nazi-hugging Arizona senator, Russel Pearce, who introduced the bill, to the Federation of American Immigration Reform — designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center — who wrote it (and could profit off of it!), Maddow takes a close look at the operatives behind this anti-immigrant legislation
Phoenix Mayor, Phil Gordon, and Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, are condemning Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s move on Friday to sign the controversial SB 1070 into law. Gordon’s primary focus is on the adverse implications this bill will have on community safety. By diverting police attention from capturing dangerous criminals to rounding up immigrants (and Latinos who leave their wallets at home), this bill has the alarming ability to alienate a population that would otherwise be helpful in reporting and reducing real crime.
Meghan McCain says what her father should have said on SB1070:
Let me say upfront that I do not support the bill that was signed by Governor Jan Brewer.
But she did sign Arizon’a harshest profiling bill yet, S.B. 1070, into law today. So, why is she telling cops to profile people based on “reasonable suspicion” they could be undocumented, if she doesn’t know what that looks like? Watch it.
Greg Sargent reports at Plumline, (also check CNN), that the President has come out against Arizona’s highly controversial profiling bill, SB1070. Watch the President’s remarks on CNN. Meanwhile, Andrea Nill at Think Progress reports in Obama: ‘Irresponsible’ Arizona Immigration Bill ‘Threatens To Undermine Basic Notions Of Fairness.’